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Jeff Bezos Plans to Use Lunar’s Ice Water as Rocket Fuel

"We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants," the report quoted Bezos as saying

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Bezos whose worth nearly $119 billion is running out of money. VOA

Space company Blue Origin’s founder Jeff Bezos envisions fuelling rockets with lunar ice water and using the Moon as the base to explore space further. The richest man in the world discussed his vision during the JFK Space Summit that was held in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.

Bezos said one of the things he learned since the Apollo programme is that there are deposits of water ice at the bottom of craters on the moon, news portal International Business Times reported. “We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants,” the report quoted Bezos as saying.

“The reason we chose those propellants is because we know one day we’ll be refuelling that vehicle on the surface of the Moon from propellants made on the surface of the Moon from that water ice,” Bezos added.

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Bezos said one of the things he learned since the Apollo programme is that there are deposits of water ice at the bottom of craters on the moon, news portal International Business Times reported. Wikimedia Commons

The presence of water ice on the Moon was confirmed in August 2018 by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon.

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Earlier in May, Bezos unveiled a new Moon-lander called ‘Blue Moon’ along with a smaller rover and spoke about his plans of getting to the Moon by 2024. “We must return to the Moon – this time to stay,” the Blue Origin CEO had said.

Bezos had described his vision of humans living on miles-long, orbiting space stations called ‘O’Neill colonies’, named after physicist Gerard O’Neill, who first floated the concept. However, SpaceX founder Elon Musk mocked Bezos’ moon plans saying that “they make no sense”. (IANS)

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US Lawmakers Press Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Fake Product Reviews

The Hill quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying that the company “invests significant resources to protect the integrity of reviews”

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage in Seattle. Source-VOA

US lawmakers have sought answers from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on what the platform is doing to rid it of fake product reviews.

In a letter on Tuesday, Frank Pallone Jr., Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, and Jan Schakowsky, who leads the committee’s consumer protection panel, asked Bezos how Amazon identifies, prevents and responds to fraudulent product reviews.

“Amazon can and should do more to protect consumers from these deceptive practices and we would like to better understand what measures your company is taking to address this issue,” the two Democrats wrote.

They also pointed out that fake product reviews also hurt competitors who play by the rules.

The lawmakers cited a BuzzFeed News report which said that unscrupulous businesses pay as much as $10,000 per month to generate positive reviews on Amazon that will trick consumers into buying their products.

They also cited a study by consumer group “Which?” that found thousands of fake reviews with obvious signs of fraud across dozens of popular tech categories on Amazon.

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

Among other things, the study found that little known brands dominated search results in these categories.

The lawmakers also raised questions about the use of “Amazon’s Choice” label on some of the off-brand electronics products to indicate that they are “highly rated well-priced products”, while many of them have been found to be of poor quality and even defective.

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“Online reviews significantly affect consumers’ shopping decisions and it is important that Amazon proactively protect consumers from such misleading and harmful behaviour,” they wrote.

The Hill quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying that the company “invests significant resources to protect the integrity of reviews”.

“Even one inauthentic review is one too many,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)